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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sustainable Timber Tas tables annual report

Sustainable Timber Tasmania’s Annual Report for 2018/19 was tabled in parliament recently. CEO Steve Whiteley said Sustainable Timber Tasmania had a solid year with favourable market conditions and as a result the total comprehensive income was $34.9 million. Source: Timberbiz “We pai
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EU Commission publishes annual report on forest fires

On 31 October 2019, the European Commission published the 2018 edition of its Annual Report on Forest Fires in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. According to the report, wildfires destroyed nearly 178,000 hectares (ha) of forests and land in the EU last year. Source: Timberbiz
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US reeling from tariffs with China

China has been the largest importer of American hardwoods by a long shot. In fact, prior to the first round of tariffs that were announced in mid-2018, US hardwood exports to China were approximately US$2 billion, nearly 50% of the total US hardwood grade lumber produced. Sources: For
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FSC Asia Pacific Business Forum

The FSC Asia Pacific Business Forum was held in Shanghai in October with more than 120 attendees from retailers to producers to FSC-accredited certification bodies gathering to share their insights and experiences from the past year. Source: Timberbiz The guest speakers and participan
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Forestry Corp donates timber to reopen local community club

The Coffs Harbour Pistol Club re-opened its doors after a three-year break, thanks in large part to donated timber from Forestry Corporation of NSW and Boral. The club closed in late 2015 as the facilities needed extensive upgrades to maintain a safe shooting environment. Source: Timb
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Responsible Wood AGM and launch of strategic document

Responsible Wood unveiled a new strategic document as part of the 2019 Responsible Wood Annual General Meeting held in Mount Gambier. Speaking about the new strategy, Responsible Wood CEO Simon Dorries reiterated the importance of maintaining openness and transparency with Responsible
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Curtailing farm forestry in NZ is unproductive say Forest Owners

New Zealand Forest owners are saying the extent of overseas investment in forestry this year is grossly exaggerated. They say the calls on the government to restrict conversions of farms to forestry are dangerously jeopardising the fight against climate change and New Zealand’s hope o
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Call to reform Competition and Consumer Act to stop activists

The time is now right for the Coalition Government to reform the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to prevent environmental and other activists from targeting Australian companies who provide services and work for other businesses involved in forestry, resource and other primary indus
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Timber Queensland responds to new timber industry plan

Timber Queensland CEO Mick Stephens said the announcement of a number of measures by the Queensland State Government was formal recognition of the unsuccessful hardwood plantation program, with more detail and work needed on key aspects of the proposed new plan. Source: Timberbiz The
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